Development leads in record time for France’s first industrial nano-satellite
CNES and NEXEYA, which jointly co-invested and developed ANGELS (Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite), the first French industrial nano-satellite, successfully passed the Preliminary Definition Review of the system and satellite, signing the completion of preliminary studies, only seven months after the launch of the project, a real record and confirming the availability of ANGELS by the end of 2019.
The objective of this project, launched in May 2017, is to develop and commercialize a range of satellites weighing less than 50 kg, particularly suitable for missions with operational objectives such as data collection (ARGOS, AIS, M2M) or spectrum monitoring. The CNES plays the card of disruptive innovation, both at the technical and governance levels. He brings his expertise to the industrial consortium with a team of engineers with solid experience in space, integrated into NEXEYA’s project platform. Thus, it brings together the best players in the sector in an innovative and balanced cooperation by making its skills and expertise available to industrial entrepreneurs. At the same time, the miniaturisation of the ARGOS-neo payload by Syrlinks and TAS is progressing in the same spirit of innovation in all areas of this development.
All the ressources are focused on keeping the extremely ambitious schedule and meeting the launch date at the end of 2019. In this sense, the first electronic circuit board engineering models are already available and the detailed design review will be held in early 2018. Largely collaborative for NEXEYA, the ANGELS project gathers numerous industrial partners such as CS, Erems, Mecano-ID, SAFT, Spacebell and Steel. It also brings together multiple talents and takes up multiple challenges such as the resistance of the equipment to radiation, the control of disruptive electromagnetic emissions or the particularly short development schedule. This key milestone has now been successfully achieved and the Smallsat range will begin to be marketed, which will enable the French space industry to take its full place in NewSpace.